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Updated: Open Data is Civic Capital: Best Practices for "Open Government Data"

From: Josh Tauberer <tauberer@govtrack.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 07:57:13 -0400
Message-ID: <4A645B99.9010109@govtrack.us>
To: openhouseproject@googlegroups.com, open-government@googlegroups.com, eGov IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
After receiving some feedback and also after witnessing a lot of 
interesting developments in the last two months, I revised the monograph 
I first posted in May on open gov data. This movement seems to be 
picking up steam so rapidly that I'm wondering whether the document will 
make it a few more months without being obsolete because everyone 
(including governments) will all already be on the open gov data 

It is-

Open Data is Civic Capital: Best Practices for "Open Government Data"

The changes in this update include new references to:

     * Association of Government Accountants Annual CFO survey which has 
several very relevant and compatible principles/recommendations,
     * TBL's Putting Government Data Online on the Linked Open Data Approach
     * Australia's Digital Economy: Future Directions on new tools using 
open government data in that country,
     * Citability.org on permanent web addresses and versioning,
     * Lovley 2009 (Politico article) on new uses of government data,
     * Google recommendations on sitemaps and robots.txt,
     * Mayo & Steinberg 2007 on the value of PSI in the UK and how PSI 
can reduce the need for regulation,
     * OpenRegs.com as an example of reuse of government data,
     * Tauberer 2009 on the semantic web,
     * Zetter 2009 (Wired article) on bulk data in Congress,
     * developments and existing data websites in Baltimore, Maryland, 
New York State, NYC, and San Francisco.

And other changes:

     * The relevance of the Open Knowledge Definition has been rewritten.
     * To the principles, added notes about marginal cost of 
distribution, an explanation for why timeliness is a part of the 
principles, some recommended data formats, reworking the license-free 
part to be relevant to countries with crown copyright (thanks to RP), 
and notes about using GUIDs and URIs as stable identifiers.

- Josh Tauberer
- GovTrack.us


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